- Dec 2009
I realize that this may be an unanswerable question, but I'm open to anyone's guesses. Eastern Christendom had a number of remarkable churches that people from Venice may have been familiar with, and Constantinople had more than its fair share - Hagia Sophia, the Nea, Hagia Eirene, and the Virgin of Pharos all stand out. Holy Apostles was obviously big, had strong imperial associations through Justinian's foundation and imperial burials, and was located on the highest point in the city. But it was not in the imperial core of the city, and was not especially associated with the palace, nor any notable relics. Do we know anything about why the Venetians chose to model San Marco on Holy Apostles?